Muli bwanji (hello in Chichewa),
Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice. Today the congregation at the United Methodist Church of Malawi in Madisi taught us what it truly means to rejoice. We were fortunate enough to spend the morning glorifying God through singing, dancing, scripture, and a message from Pastor Francis. Singing doesn’t quite seem like the right word to describe what we heard today. I don’t know how so few people can sound like so many. Not only are their voices strong they are perfect. I surely hope that’s the sound coming from heaven’s gate one day.
After the service the team members from Meyers Park United Methodist Church from Charlotte, North Carolina presented the church with 64 Bibles written in Chichewa. The church was thrilled with such a loving gift. Team members from Meyers Park and Hermitage United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee set up the numerous games for us to play with the children while lunch was being prepared. The children loved being read to, coloring, and playing animal sound games. We enjoyed our time with these fun children.
We were treated to a lovely traditional lunch prepared by the women of the congregation. It was such a nice day of worship and fellowship.
Mid-afternoon we said our good-byes to our United Methodist Church Madisi friends and headed to the Madisi Demonstration Farm. This is a 10 acre permaculture farm supported by Church of the Resurrection. The farm started in 2015, the farmer and caretaker, Joseph, led us on a tour of the property. We saw the tomato plants, lemon grass, and banana trees. The store room housed lima beans, maize and papaya. They currently have pigs and rabbits on site as well. It is clear Joseph takes great pride in his farming and only hopes to improve upon and grow it. Mulungu akudalitseni!
October Malawi Team